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Meet DesignTO Ambassador Dori Tunstall

Dori Tunstall is a 2019 DesignTO Ambassador. She is a representative of DesignTO Festival’s creative community. As a leader of Toronto design locally and globally, she is an excellent resource for Festival information and a familiar face at Festival events. Learn more about her below.

Meet Dori in person at Designer Drinks on November 6, 2018. Click here to RSVP for the event. 

Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. As Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she is the first black and black female dean of a faculty of design. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.

With a global career, Dori served as Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia. She wrote the biweekly column Un-Design for The Conversation Australia. In the U.S., she taught at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She organized the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and served as a director of Design for Democracy. Industry positions included UX strategists for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. Dori holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.